Pregnancy is seemingly paradoxical — it changes the mother’s life for the better but her body for the worse. Some mothers spend years feeling embarrassed by pregnancy-related changes, particularly around the abdomen.
Plastic surgeons like Dr. Nirav Savalia can address these abdominal changes to help patients look and feel their best. Here, Dr. Savalia explains how he can “tune up” the tummy after pregnancy.
Post-Pregnancy Problems to Remedy
Every woman has her own unique set of concerns to address after pregnancy. Many of them include some combination of the following:
- extra skin on the lower abdomen
- loose, separated or damaged abdominal muscles
- fat deposits on and around the abdomen and waist
- scarring from a C-section right above the pubic hairline
- stretch marks on the abdomen
The Most Comprehensive Treatment Solution
Tummy tuck surgery is the most comprehensive way to address the aforementioned concerns.
During tummy tuck, the abdominal muscles are tightened and stitched into place with permanent internal sutures. Think of this like an internal girdle that pulls in and flattens the tummy from the inside. Liposuction techniques are then used to eliminate pockets of excess fat. Extra loose skin is excised, and the belly button can be relocated higher on the abdomen, if desired. The abdominal skin is pulled down and stitched into place. In some cases, this can minimize the appearance of stretch marks on the lower abdomen (below the navel) or the C-section scar.
Some tummy tucks are part of a mommy makeover plan, which also includes breast surgery. The breasts can be lifted and either enhanced with implants or reduced in size. Some women opt to have stubborn fat deposits around the body (i.e., on the hips, thighs or buttocks) removed with liposuction during mommy makeover. Labiaplasty can also be folded into the treatment plan to address labia that have become prominent or uneven after having children.
The timing of tummy tuck and mommy makeover is important. It’s best to postpone treatment until the patient has finished having children. While becoming pregnant is certainly possible after plastic surgery, pregnancy and childbirth can reverse some of the effects of treatment and require additional surgery to recreate the results.
Learn More about Your Treatment Options
To discuss tummy tuck or mommy makeover with Dr. Savalia, please call 949-759-0980 or email Newport Beach Center for Plastic Surgery and request a consultation.